January 24, 2005


Boxer's anti-Rice bombast backfires (Chris Weinkopf, January 23, 2005, Los Angeles Daily News)

With an air of resignation, Sen. Barbara Boxer began last week's headline-grabbing outburst at Condoleezza Rice's confirmation hearings with an all-too brief nod to reality. "You no doubt will be confirmed," the senator told the secretary of state-designate, thereby conceding that the ensuing performance would serve no practical purpose. Her harangue would be little more than an exercise in self-serving futility, one that would ultimately prove embarrassing - not for Rice, but for Boxer, her party and the state she represents.

Boxer's much-touted "grilling" - which consisted of more than 2,000 words, or nearly four single-spaced pages of written text, and took a full 12 minutes to deliver - didn't include a single question. This wasn't about subjecting a would-be Cabinet secretary to the customary scrutiny. It was about Boxer's attempt to become the public face of the Democratic Party's moonbat wing, an effort that began in earnest a week earlier, when she was the only U.S. senator to vote against certifying President Bush's Electoral College victory.

This was Boxer's moment to shine, or so she thought. That's why her staff hyped the planned attack to the media several days beforehand.

Boxer began her speech by blasting Rice for a remark that the devastating tsunami in South Asia "was a wonderful opportunity for us." No, the senator hectored, "The tsunami was one of the worst tragedies of our lifetime - one of the worst. I was very disappointed in your statement."

Now, no fair-minded person could have possibly concluded that Rice was speaking in favor of tsunamis.

Note that John Kerry was afraid she was stealing a march on the moonbat title, so voted with Ms Boxer.

Sen. Boxer takes victim role after hearing for Rice (Audrey Hudson, 1/23/05, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

"She turned and attacked me," the California Democrat told CNN's "Late Edition" in describing the confrontation during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2005 3:16 PM

Wasn't "Queen of the Moonbats" one of those low-budget 1950s science ficton movies starring Zsa Zsa Gabor?

Posted by: John at January 24, 2005 3:30 PM

It was about Boxer's attempt to become the public face of the Democratic Party's moonbat wing,

Moonbat's becoming a word used in the MSM????

Posted by: Sandy P at January 24, 2005 3:31 PM

Boxer's little escapade was one of the most politically clueless acts in recent memory--and with people like John Kerry and Howard Dean around, that's quite a statement. Obviously, the subject matter was ridiculous--but the fact that she leaked her juciest sound bites several days before the fact? Pure idiocy. Condi knew exactly what she was going to say, and handled her deftly.

Posted by: Timothy at January 24, 2005 4:01 PM

Funny part is, the dems don't realize that it's still a l-o-n-g fall to the bottom...

Posted by: M. Murcek at January 24, 2005 4:32 PM

Timothy - Speaking of clueless, don't forget Senator (and former Kleagle) Foghorn from West Virginia rhetorically standing in front of Foggy Bottom's door trying to keep Condi out. I wonder if he put on his white suit and pointy hat for old-time's sake.

Posted by: Chris B at January 24, 2005 5:12 PM

No reason for the Dems to fret. They have bench strength.

Posted by: LUCIFEROUS at January 24, 2005 6:03 PM

I have been thinking a lot about Sen Foghorn and his tryiing to keep Condi out. I would really like to know if this is from him or if he was asked to do that by the Junior Senator from New York and her minions. Don't forget that she told him how he was her role model when she gave him a medal of freedom about a year ago. This could be a partial repayment. If he can keep Condi out of State then Hildabeast would have less to wory about in 2008. It would definitely not be beyond belief that the Klintoons would do something like this.

Posted by: dick at January 24, 2005 6:56 PM

How did Condi summon the moral strength to not call her tormentor: "Senator Boxer-Shorts?"

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 24, 2005 7:10 PM

Boxer just won re-election by a healthy margin so she'll be around for a while. She obviously feels free to be a complete loonball without facing recriminations from the voters.

Posted by: Bart at January 25, 2005 6:44 AM